Bohannon, Micheal David
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
Violation of Parole
Tag Light Required
Improper Lane Change/Failure to Maintain Lane
DUI-Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
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On 05/12/2023 at around 0100 Sgt Russo observed a gray Acura TSX traveling East on Atlanta Hwy at a high rate of speed and failing to maintain lane. The vehicles tag light was also out. The vehicle turned onto Jefferson Street and Sgt Russo initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Broad Street.
I arrived on scene as back up for Sgt Russo, who had made contact with the driver, Michael Bohannon. As Sgt Russo was checking his driver’s license, I initiated a conversation with the driver. Mr. Bohannon seemed very confused and was sweating profusely. The edges of his mouth looked very dry. His speech was very fast and he wasn’t making logical statements. I could not smell the odor of alcohol, but he seemed to be impaired from something. Mr. Bohannon stated that he was lost, and he just needed directions to get home. He stated that he had left his job in Braselton and went to a friends house and was just trying to get home. He stated that he got off work at 3;00 PM.
I asked Mr. Bohannon if he had anything to drink, and he stated that he had not. I asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle or anything illegal and he stated that there was not. I asked if he minded if I checked the vehicle for drugs or anything illegal and he gave me consent to search the car.
Upon searching the vehicle, in the compartment under the radio I found a small glass pipe, with a white crystal residue in the bottom. I also found a small clear baggie that was empty but also had residue inside it. When questioned about the items Mr. Bohannon stated that he had smoked some meth with his friend from work a few hours before. He seemed very confused about his time frame, and did not know where he was. He stated several times that his friend only lived a short distance from him in Braselton, and he couldn’t understand how he couldn’t get home. He stated that he was in Gainesville, and when I asked if he knew what time it was he thought it was around 11;00 pm. I advised him that it was after 1;00 am.
Based on my observations, and the statements made by Mr. Bohannon, we decided that field sobriety testing needed to be done to evaluate his ability to drive. Sgt Wright with Barrow County Sheriff’s’s Office, agreed to come and assist with the field sobriety testing , as he is an expert in DUI and Drug recognition.
Once on scene, Mr. Bohannon agreed to testing and Sgt Wright performed the evaluations. His observations will be reported and case number 2023-000-28797 and attached to my report. The test was also recorded on my Axon Body camera.
After the testing was complete I advised Mr. Bohannon that he was under arrest for DUI Drugs (40-6-391A2). I read him implied consent for ages 21 and over and he consented for blood. I placed him in handcuffs double locked behind his back and put him in the rear of my patrol vehicle.
I transported Mr. Bannon to Barrow County Hospital where his blood was drawn by a certified technician at the hospital and collected for evidence. The Blood was collected sealed and placed into evidence at Statham PD.
I transported Mr. Bohannon to Barrow County Jail where he was released to the custody of the Jail. Mr. Bohannon was also issued citations for Reckless Driving (40-6-390), Failure to Maintain Lane (40-6-48), and Non-working tag light (40-8-23D).
Mr. Bohannon’s vehicle was towed to Hammonds Towing.
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